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Nuclear Policy For War and Peace

reviewed by John Harden - 1961

coverTitle: Nuclear Policy For War and Peace
Author(s): T. E. Murray
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Murray's Nuclear Policy is full of ideas; Fowler & Company's Fallout only has facts. But Fallout is exciting, and Nuclear Policy, as a first point, is dull. Mr. Murray, the Atomic Energy Commissioner, urges "morality" as the determinant of our nuclear policies, "Morality" holds that a megaton thermonuclear war is sinful, but some wars are "just," and just wars are, among other things, "limited" to kiloton bursts against purely military objectives and personnel. A megaton releases a thousand kilotons, and a kiloton releases a thousand tons of TNT energy. The moral difference moves Mr. Murray to favor dismantling megaton production and beefing up the kiloton output. His policies are compromises between savagery and pacifism, which are, of course, equally evil extremes. Mr. Murray is for wars fought by young men as, from the safety of a chivalrous off-limits, old men direct them, women weep for them, and children forget them. One... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 3, 1961, p. 226-226
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3123, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 2:02:40 AM

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